COMMENTARY: The inequality myth, a divisive tactic

Published: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 05:33 PM.

This approach never works.  As a clear example, let's examine what happens when people win multimillion dollar lottery jackpots.  One would presume that such a windfall must surely lead to a happy, successful, enjoyable, and worry free life. 

However, the reality of what happens to these winners is the complete opposite.

Based on studies of lottery winners, the more money they win, the more likely they are to end up bankrupt.  It is estimated that up to 70 percent of the winners end up broke within seven years, with many winding up in worse financial condition than before they won.

As another example, consider two individuals starting a job in the exact same position, at equal pay at the same business.  One person may work harder.  The other might do only the minimum required to avoid being fired.  Is it unfair for the more diligent employee to receive promotions along with an increase in pay?

These examples clearly dispel the myth that successful outcomes can be forced, engineered, coerced, or assured.

Each individual is different in terms of their likes, dislikes, goals, aspirations, and work ethic.  Using inequality to justify social engineering or wealth redistribution is a proven formula for disaster.  Throughout history, every society utilizing this faulty strategy has failed miserably. 

The myth of inequality is a deceitful premise, intentionally designed to break apart a free society.  It is used to justify punishing the successful without any benefit to those who they are claiming to help.

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